With a major in Horticulture and a minor in Ag-Business Management from the University of Connecticut, 22-year-old Mackenzie Beckwith transformed her great-grandfather’s dairy barn into an inviting farm store. Arrowhead Acres offers products from over 10 different local businesses/farmers as well as other artisan crafters. Cookies, muffins, pies, stuffed breads, soup and many other goodies are made right in the store, with much of the produce that’s grown on the property. [Read more…]
Maryland is well known for Thoroughbred racing but what many people don’t know about this small state is that it is also exceedingly well known for its show ponies.
In Maryland, there are certain farms and families who have dedicated their lives to the breeding, finding, buying and making of this pony royalty. One such family is comprised of Kris Morris and her two children, Harrison and Jacqueline, working from their Fat Chance Farm in the Bel Air area. [Read more…]
While we don’t hear about barn fires often, they do happen. And when they do, there is usually heavy damage not only to the barn but also to attached buildings, livestock, tools and equipment stored in or near the barn along with personal loss and livelihood. Taking a few simple steps can help you prevent tragic losses in the event of a fire.
Start by installing a reflective E911 sign with street number by the entrance to your farm or driveway, just like those bright green signs for road identification. If you need information, contact your town office, fire department or rescue squad. [Read more…]
Annual American Dairy Associations & Dairy Council (ADADC) meetings are being held across New York, Northern New Jersey and Northeastern Pennsylvania, providing an opportunity for dairy farmers to get together, socialize, have a free hearty meal and catch up on information about where their check off dollars have gone to work. [Read more…]
MORRIS, NY — Each year, FFA members from all across the United States travel to Washington, D.C. to take part in a 5-day FFA Leadership Conference. During this event, students learn how they can become an effective leader in the school and community. Three students from the Charles G. May FFA Chapter, along with Jon English, Animal Science teacher and FFA Advisor, attended this conference. [Read more…]
BURLINGTON, VT – The New England 4-H Horse Contests, held Oct. 16 in New Hampshire, attracted more than 60 competitors including 23 from Vermont representing University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H.
The annual event, designed to help 4-H’ers prepare for competitions at the Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup in Louisville, Kentucky, in November was open to 4-H club members from the New England states as well as New Jersey and New York. [Read more…]
When one thinks of tobacco farming the first thing that might come to mind are the green leafed tobacco fields of Havana Cuba and the rolled Cuban cigars that are made there. Those people residing in towns along the Connecticut River Valley just have to think of their own backyard because tobacco farming has been an important part of the New England landscape for hundreds of years. [Read more…]
Throughout my life I have been very involved with the dairy industry and agriculture. From the clubs that I am involved, my work promoting dairy products and the fact that three-fourths of my closet is full of cow and dairy-related clothing, dairying is a big part of my life and is something that I absolutely love. While my father was out baling hay for our cows, I was pushing my John Deere tractor with Barbie at the wheel across the green, plush carpets pretending to do the same. [Read more…]